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The Best Way to Get Your Students to Write Great Paragraphs

Writing good paragraphs is an essential skill, and one that takes time and effort to master. But it doesn’t have to be hard. Here is a time-tested method for getting your students to write better paragraphs.


How to Teach Paragraph Writing: Paragraph Structure


FREE SCRAMBLED PARAGRAPH Lesson~ This fun, print-and-go activity contains a scrambled paragraph with 8 sentences that can be put together only one way. Students use transitions and inferential clues to assemble paragraphs containing a title, topic sentence, three details with support, six (6) sentences, and, a closing sentence or clincher. Like training wheels on a bicycle, working with scrambled paragraphs helps students understand how to write logical, organized paragraphs!


Hamburger Paragraph Picture Template... Teaching kiddos how to write a paragraph is pretty tasty with this helpful template. Helps students focus on including a topic sentence, supporting details, and a conclusion. Visual learners will also benefit from the "hamburger" comparison as they develop writing skills in organization, sentence variation and idea focus. Enjoy!


...and then focused in on writing paragraphs to organize our subtopics into chunks that made sense to our readers. We did this over several days because it was hard, confusing work for many of us.